All dog owners know the indecisive shopping trip that comes with picking out a new toy for your best friend. Every dog’s personality is different, especially when it comes to playtime. In addition to their personalities, there are so many choices when it comes to chew toys. There are literally thousands of different dog toys from puppy-size to Great Dane, all of which have different sounds, fillers, materials, strength, etc. How can it ever be narrowed down to just 1 toy for your doggie? This list is made for that troubling time in the supermarket or pet store, staring at the wall of weirdly-satisfied stuffed faces staring back at you.
KONG toys are as durable as dog toys get. If you are unfamiliar with this brand, the original model is made of hard plastic and can be filled with treats, peanut butter, or whatever your dog likes most, to entertain them for hours. This stuffed animal version is made with extra strength fabric and stitching for a longer life, so even your strongest pup will have a hard time dismembering Marvin the Moose and his 5 funny friends.
If clogging your vacuum cleaner with chew toy stuffing isn’t your idea of a “good time”, this toy was made for you. And your dog. The Skinneeez line contains no fluff and squeakers with enough strength and capability to play some tug-of-war with your dog.
Along with KONG brands, Galileo bones last a long time with extreme durability. The Nylabone Galileo is flavored itself and has a unique shape that resembles an actual bone that won’t harm your dog, and they won’t accidentally swallow. These guys come in different flavors and sizes, for picky chewers or smaller dogs, too!
With even a somewhat active pup, you can’t go wrong with a simple rope toy. Even old dogs will lay on the floor and tug at it if you try and take it from them. Flossy Chews also double as a flossing mechanism for your dog as they play and chew on it, so it’s beneficial for their health at a good price and a good time. An added bonus is that even in the roughest of times, there is no mess that this toy could produce, even if he wanted to make a mess. This toy is indestructible. And under five dollars.
Much like the Flossy Chews rope toy, Mako the Shark can be used in human-and-dog playtime or when you need to leave your furry friend to entertain himself. Mako the Shark has a hole in his stomach for you to stick your hand into to tease your dog. He also contains a squeaker in his mouth for added fun, and the hand hole doubles as a hole for a water bottle when you aren’t home to play.
Active dogs require more one-on-one time than dogs who prefer sleep over running, but it can be hard to manage on rainy days or if you live in an apartment with limited access to a yard or a park. Chuckit! is soft, cushy fabric wrapped around a bouncy ball that will allow the same function as an outdoor day with tennis balls, but it’s a lot less likely to smash your window or knock paintings off of walls.
This ball is used by K-9 units and even the military for training purposes due to it’s high strength and extreme distance when shot using it’s elastic ropes. The Nero Ball can be launched, thrown, tugged, chewed, and bitten, but will not give in to your dog’s strengths! It has great quality for it’s price.